New Zealand Highlights
Our top fifteen activities
1. Ride to the top of the Sky Tower in Auckland
Survey the city from a birds eye view from one of Auckland’s most distinctive landmarks.
2. Feed baby animals
While in Rotorua you’ll visit New Zealand’s most famous farm show at the Agrodome. Agriculture contributes heavily to the New Zealand economy and is essential for any geographer to understand about this country. Get to know the locals by helping feed some baby animals.
3. See the pancake rocks
These coastal limestone features befit their name thanks to the build-up of layers of ocean deposits from a time where this land was below sea level. The battering of the limestone by the open ocean has created a range of erosional features such as impressive blowholes. Further weathered by rain and wind, the landscape is dramatic and otherworldly.
4. Climb a volcano
Climb the extinct volcano, Mount Eden, during your sightseeing tour of Auckland. You can also meet a ranger from the Department of Conservation who will guide you to the crater of Auckland’s newest and largest volcano, Rangitoto, which was formed only 600 years ago in an eruption.
5. Enter Middle-Earth
You will spot many natural landmarks which have played key parts in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films throughout your trip to New Zealand but perhaps the most iconic is the area of Matamata, the real Hobbiton. The movie sets have been preserved for fans to immerse themselves in this magical world.
6. Experience Maori culture
At Te Maori Cultural and Geothermal Park you will learn and participate in Maori carving and weaving, enjoy cultural entertainment and even feast on a traditional Hangi: dinner cooked in an Earth oven.
7. Feel the heat of geothermal activity
Te Maori Cultural and Geothermal Park is home to steaming hot pools, spouting geysers, silica terraces and boiling mud.
8. Witness the power of hydroelectric power at the Aratiata Dam
One of eight dams on the Waikato River, when this dam opens it is a spectacular and dramatic sight to behold.
9. Stare at the mountain’s reflection at Mirror Lake
After navigating The Chasm where the Cleddau River has scoured its way through solid rock to create impressive waterfalls you will reach mirror lake. It is aptly named, as on a fine day it will perfectly reflect the mountains that surround it.
10. Come to know how the city of Wellington was created and is being shaped
From the Earth’s forces, fault lines, weathering and human activity, you’ll see how the various factors influence the residents and form of the city.
11. Swim with dolphins
On the Dolphin Encounter Tour you will have the opportunity to don a wetsuit, snorkel and mask and swim with a pod of dusky dolphins (in this region a pod could be from 100-800 dolphins!)
12. Simulate the South Pole
Visit the Antarctic Centre where you will slide down an icy shelf, shelter in an ice cave and visit the Penguin Centre. You’ll even take a ride in a Hagglund, a typical vehicle used in Antarctica.
13. Walk on a glacier
Reach the base of Franz Josef glacier where you will admire the remarkable landscape and follow the Waiho River to see how the glacier has retreated. Then climb on the glacier itself and take in extraordinary views across the area.
14. Watch baby seals frolic in the stream
Walk to Ohau Falls and see the marine mammals enjoy the water.
15. Get adventurous
Queenstown is the world’s capital of adrenalin junkie activities. Are you ready to bungee jump or do a canyon swing? Maybe white water rafting or mountain biking is more your pace? Whatever your choice, Queenstown begs you to be brave and try something new.